Ford certainly is taking its time applying the EcoBoost engine technology to performance cars. Sure, we’ve got the new Taurus SHO, at $40,000 and tipping the scales at over two tons, it’s not exactly the zippy little turbo car we were hoping for. Luckily, the EcoBoost engines are destined for the new Focus here in America, though across the pond European aftermarket tuners are already tweaking the turbocharged four-pots.
In stock form, the 2.0 liter EcoBoost makes just over 200 horsepower and 221 ft-lbs of torque. Now that’s not bad, but its not exactly impressive performance either, as many naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engines can make close to that kind of power (though with less torque.) The 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine has already found a home in several European cars, including the Mondeo and C-Max CUV, so tuners have had time to get at them. Superchips claims that their tuning software can bump horsepower up by 40 ponies, and torque by 50 ft-lbs.
That puts the 2.0 liter EcoBoost, which makes its American debut in the new Ford Explorer, pretty far ahead of the pack. Those numbers also sound right when you consider that the 2012 Focus ST will come with the same 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine and will make about 246 horsepower and 266 ft-lbs of torque. Does that mean they will be able to eek another 20% improvement in horsepower once the ST hits U.S. streets? We can’t wait to find out.